Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Capt. James and Elizabeth S. McCoy Morgan.

Capt. James Morgan is the son of Garrard II and Sarah Sanderson Morgan. There is a very nice history here.

Capt. James married Elizabeth S. McCoy, a descendant of Scottish emigrant William McCoy. William’s family settled first on the East Shore of Maryland. Ultimately they settled in Kentucky, as did the Morgans and the Hamiltons. Their names are interwoven throughout our family’s history.

Capt. James Morgan
b. Jan 9, 1802, Nicholas Co., Ky.
m. Nicholas Co., Ky., 1821, Elizabeth S. McCoy
d. April 1, 1872.

Elizabeth S. McCoy
b. April 12, 1802, Nicholas Co., Ky.
d. May 10, 1874, Greensburg, Ind.

“They removed from Kentucky to Decatur Co., Ind., in 1822, before he was of age, settling some three miles northeast of Greensburg, in the unbroken forest, and taking shelter in the hollow trunk of a large poplar tree, being very large at the ground, and hollow, and as large as an ordinary room of a house. Here they spent first winter. He afterward used same stump, as the tree was cut away, for a stable for a span of horses.

"He was full of energy and push; was active in politics all his life. In 1829 was elected to position of County Commissioner, which gave him the management of the school funds of the county. He held this position until 1833. He was then elected sheriff, and held this office until 1837; then elected member of State Senate, and was re-elected twice, making three terms he held the office. In 1845 was elected member of House of Representatives. In 1860 and 1862 was elected County Treasurer. He was a leader of men, of unswerving integrity, and of an excitable temperament, yet a man easily approached, and a generous friend of the poor. Severe in his denunciation of what he believed to be wrong, but highly respected by his opponents. For many years he was extensively engaged in buying and shipping hogs and pork-packing in Cincinnati. He was an honest, faithful public servant.

"In 1861, when Ft Sumter was fired upon, he at once raised a company for the Seventh Indiana Regiment, in the three months' service, was commissioned captain, and served his time in West Virginia. A man of undoubted courage. He was worshiped by his men. He thought seriously of going into the three years’ service, and Governor Morton offered him the colonelcy of a regiment, but his friends protested vigorously, because of his advanced age, and he gave it up. He was a generous friend of the soldiers’ orphans and widows.

"’Aunt Betsy Morgan,’ as she was familiarly known, was twin sister to Barton S. McCoy, and was of a quiet, humble disposition, of few words, but of a strong determination of character.” They had nine children, all born in Decatur Co., Ind., except their oldest daughter, Amazet."

William McCoy and His Descendants, compiled and published by Lycurgus McCoy, 1904. Online here. Picture from Nicholas G. Morgan gray brochure for Morgans in the West.

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